Justice: First Nations People

Faith leads to action

There are few issues as important for Australia today as how we recognise and respect the first Australians and promote their well-being. How do we as Christians seek to live as people of reconciliation? How can we as Australians walk and live together as people of compassion, justice, peace and hope?

As our congregation develops our Walking Together plan and explores where we have come from as a nation and as a church, we commit to learning from the First Peoples of this land now called Australia. You can read some of our stories below.

NAIDOC 2022 at Cronulla

NAIDOC 2022 at Cronulla

Margaret describes her enjoyment of the local council celebrations for NAIDOC week, attending as part of a group from our congregation.

January 26th

January 26th

How does the church respond to the historical and current events of 26th January in Australia? What role can it play in promoting justice and reconciliation?

Aboriginal Sunday/Day of Mourning

Aboriginal Sunday/Day of Mourning

Each year the Uniting Church marks a Day of Mourning to reflect on the dispossession of Australia’s First Peoples and the ongoing injustices faced by First Nations people in this land. Today, you are  invited  to  reflect on the effects of invasion and colonisation on First Peoples.

Aboriginal Sunday: Day of Mourning

Aboriginal Sunday: Day of Mourning

Event: 23rd January 2022
Sunday 9.00-10.15am

You are invited to read and watch our third annual service to reflect upon and lament the effect of the invasion and colonisation of this nation upon First Peoples, using resources from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress of the Uniting Church, and from the organisation Common Grace.

#Change the Heart live simulcast

#Change the Heart live simulcast

Event: Tuesday 25th Jan, 2022
7.30-9.00pm

We watched the #ChangeTheHeart simulcast then met online to discuss about what we have learned and how we respond, followed by a time of prayer.

NAIDOC Week 2021

NAIDOC Week 2021

Learn and act: resources to read, watch, petition, pray and give.

Change The Heart on 26th January

Change The Heart on 26th January

Our congregation was one of many across Australia hosting a #ChangeTheHeart prayer service on the evening of 25th January this year, in solidarity with Aboriginal Christian leaders.

Empty Land? Stolen Land!!

Empty Land? Stolen Land!!

Jim remembers his visit to Palestine and thinks about dispossession in Australia as well.